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Sophomore defensive lineman Chris Jones is one of four Mississippi State players named to the Preseason All-Southeastern Conference Media Teams.
Photo Courtesy of Bill Simmonds

HOOVER, Ala. – Four Mississippi State players were selected to the Preseason All-Southeastern Conference Media Teams that were announced by the league on the final day of 2014 SEC Media Days.

Quarterback Dak Prescott, defensive lineman Chris Jones and linebacker Benardrick McKinney were selected to the All-SEC Second Team. Jameon Lewis was voted a third-team wide receiver.

In addition, an order of finish was unveiled by the over 1,200 media members who voted. MSU was predicted to finish fifth in the SEC Western Division with 890 points.

Prescott, the most valuable player of the 2013 Liberty Bowl, enters his junior season having thrown for 2,134 yards and 14 touchdowns. Prescott has accounted for 17 rushing touchdowns in his career, which is tops among all returning SEC quarterbacks. He is a candidate for the Maxwell Award and the Davey O’Brien Award.

Jones is coming off a tremendous true freshman season in which he registered 32 total tackles, including seven for loss and three sacks. McKinney is considered one of the top linebackers in the nation. The junior was the Bulldogs’ leading tackler a year ago with 71. McKinney and Jones tied for the team lead in tackles for loss.

Lewis finished his junior year with 923 receiving yards on 64 receptions. The 64 catches ranked second all-time in MSU single-season annals. Lewis, a Biletnikoff Award candidate, capped the year with a school-record 220 yards receiving in a Liberty Bowl victory over Rice.

As a team, the Bulldogs return 27 players on their two-deep depth chart from a season ago. MSU carries a three-game winning streak into the 2014 campaign. Last season’s strong finish was the first three-game winning streak to close a season for the Bulldogs since 1974.

2014 PRE-SEASON MEDIA DAYS ALL-SEC TEAM
(Total points earned in parenthesis)

OFFENSE
First-Team
QB       Nick Marshall, Auburn (241)          
RB        T.J. Yeldon, Alabama (281)        
RB        Todd Gurley, Georgia (280)        
WR      Amari Cooper, Alabama (282)      
WR      Sammie Coates, Auburn (207)                    
TE        O.J. Howard, Alabama (188)                
OL        La'el Collins, LSU (231)              
OL        Arie Kouandjio, Alabama (188)      
OL        Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss (183)      
OL        Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M (174)      
C          Reese Dismukes, Auburn (226)   

Second-Team
QB       Dak Prescott, Mississippi State (118)      
RB        Mike Davis, South Carolina (240)        
RB        Alex Collins, Arkansas (126)    
WR      Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss (182)        
WR      Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia (71)      
TE        C.J. Uzomah, Auburn (141)      
OL        A.J. Cann, South Carolina (166)      
OL        Vadal Alexander, LSU (112)    
OL        Alex Kozan, Auburn (112)    
OL        Corey Robinson, South Carolina (107)    
C          Ryan Kelly, Alabama (126)                   

Third-Team
QB       Bo Wallace, Ole Miss (94)                  
RB        Corey Grant, Auburn (52)      
RB        Keith Marshall, Georgia (44)    
WR      Jameon Lewis, Mississippi State (67)         
WR      Marquez North, Tennessee (66)    
TE        Hunter Henry, Arkansas (72)          
OL        Austin Shepherd, Alabama (106)
OL        Chad Slade, Auburn (101)
OL        John Theus, Georgia (96)
OL        Chaz Green, Florida (94)    
C          Evan Boehm, Missouri (77)        

DEFENSE
First-Team
DL        Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss (239)        
DL        Dante Fowler, Jr., Florida (212)      
DL        A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama (208)      
DL        Gabe Wright, Auburn (192)    
LB        Trey DePriest, Alabama (253)      
LB        A.J. Johnson, Tennessee (186)        
LB        Ramik Wilson, Georgia (147)        
DB       Landon Collins, Alabama (274)      
DB       Vernon Hargreaves, III, Florida (243)      
DB       Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss (210)      
DB       Deshazor Everett, Texas A&M (183) 

Second-Team
DL        Trey Flowers, Arkansas (181)              
DL        Chris Jones, Mississippi State (150)      
DL        Alvin "Bud" Dupree, Kentucky (134)    
DL        Markus Golden, Missouri (125)   
LB        Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State (143)     
LB        Jordan Jenkins, Georgia (137)      
LB        Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss (116)      
DB       Robenson Therezie, Auburn (144)      
DB       Tre'Davious White, LSU (141)      
DB       Damian Swann, Georgia (127)      
DB       Tony Conner, Ole Miss (116)        

Third-Team
DL        Ray Drew, Georgia (102)                
DL        Montravius Adams, Auburn (94)      
DL        Carl Lawson, Auburn (87)      
DL        Jermauria Rasco, LSU (79)        
LB        Kwon Alexander, LSU (112)        
LB        Cassanova McKinzy, Auburn (82)      
LB        Serderius Bryant, Ole Miss (76)      
DB       Jon Mincy, Auburn (99)    
DB       Corey Thompson, LSU (86)        
DB       Rashard Robinson, LSU (84)  
DB       Brison Williams, South Carolina (81)      

SPECIALISTS
First-Team
P          Drew Kaser, Texas A&M (221)      
PK        Marshall Morgan, Georgia (224)              
RS        Christion Jones, Alabama (262)                
AP        Christion Jones, Alabama (130)               

Second-Team
P          Sam Irwin-Hill, Arkansas (136)        
PK        Colby Delahoussaye, LSU (142)                    
RS        Andre Debose, Florida (97)        
AP        Terrence Magee, LSU (111)        

Third-Team
P          Jamie Keehn, LSU (81)        
PK        Andrew Baggett, Missouri (103)                  
RS        Marcus Murphy, Missouri (72)        
AP        Trey Williams, Texas A&M (89) 


PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
OVERALL SEC CHAMPION

Alabama 154
Auburn 75
South Carolina 32
Georgia 19
LSU 9
Ole Miss 2
Mississippi State 1
Arkansas 1

EASTERN DIVISION
South Carolina 1,895
Georgia 1,777
Florida 1,362
Missouri 1,263
Tennessee 893
Vanderbilt 619
Kentucky 395

WESTERN DIVISION
Alabama 1,915
Auburn 1,735
LSU 1,453
Ole Miss 1,069
Mississippi State 890
Texas A&M 791
Arkansas 351 


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